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verb (used without object)
  1. to shift an automotive transmission or vehicle into a lower gear.
  2. to become less active; slow down: The economy seems to be downshifting.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.
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  1. an act or instance of downshifting.
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Origin of downshift

First recorded in 1950–55; down1 + shift
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  1. the practice of simplifying one's lifestyle and becoming less materialistic
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Derived Formsdownshifter, noun
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